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Orthopedic surgery

About Orthopedic Surgery

The orthopedic surgery service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is overseen by our board-certified faculty, who specialize in treating all types of orthopedic trauma (fractures, luxations) and neurologic trauma (fractures and prolapsed intervertebral discs). In addition to surgery, the service also performs diagnostic evaluations of surgical candidates.

One of the more common orthopedic problems in small animals is a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee, which is the number-one cause of hind-limb lameness in the dog. Another common condition is hip dysplasia. We perform corrective osteotomy or joint replacement for those cases which require surgery.

Additional procedures are offered for a variety of problems, including correction of angular limb deformities, congenital defects (elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation) and any number of other general orthopedic issues. The orthopedic service also does consults on request for other services, generally lameness evaluation.

Use of advanced techniques for postoperative pain control is an important focus of the service. Postoperative monitoring by critical care veterinarians is available on a 24-hour basis for patients that require it.

The hospital also has a Soft Tissue Surgery Service for patients requiring surgery of soft-tissue problems, particularly of the chest and abdomen.

Advanced Techniques

Our Doctors in Orthopedic Surgery

  • Kristen Arango
    Kristen Arango
    Resident, Small Animal Surgery
  • Peter Czajkowski
    Peter Czajkowski
    Resident, Small Animal Surgery
  • W. Michael Karlin
    W. Michael Karlin
    Assistant Professor
  • Michael P. Kowaleski
    Michael P. Kowaleski
  • Catherine Stecyk
    Catherine Stecyk
    Resident, Small Animal Surgery
  • Tiffany Stockman
    Tiffany Stockman
    Resident, Small Animal Surgery
  • Sophia Topulos
    Sophia Topulos
    Resident, Small Animal Surgery

Do you have emergency?

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
55 Willard St.
N. Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7951
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850